How To Cope With Mean Girls
Many times, movies are autobiographical to some degree. People usually write what they know about, and elements of a screenwriter’s life are bound to end up in scripts sometimes. So you might guess that Mean Girls, the 2004 teen comedy written by Tina Fey, was a reflection of Fey’s own experiences.
Actually, Fey received inspiration for the movie about mean and cliquish high school girls from an unexpected source: a self-help book. Rosalind Wiseman’s book Queen Bees and Wannabes provides advice to parents whose children are suffering at the hands of bullies and mean kids.Also, the Cady Garey character, played by Lindsay Lohan in the movie, is named for Fey’s college roommate.
The next film had a real-life bully for inspiration.